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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Krugman(?): If only the earthquake had done more damage, the economy would have gotten a boost
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Stephen Stromberg / Washington Post:
Earthquake?  It's Obama's fault.  —  When disaster strikes, the online commentariate...shows the worst of itself.  Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft has already made the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast a dumb partisan issue, writing: … Judging by the comments below Hoft's post …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Jeb Bush warns 2012ers on hitting Obama  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush warned the Republican presidential hopefuls against ideological intransigence and knee-jerk opposition to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying they risk turning off middle-of-the-road voters.
NewsMax.com:
PPP Poll: Perry Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Romney  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  A new poll shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry with a double-digit lead nationally …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama tops Perry  —  Rick Perry is looking increasingly like the Republican favorite for President- he led in the Iowa poll we released this morning and he leads by double digits in the national poll we'll release tomorrow.  The biggest beneficiary of Perry's rise?  It might be Barack Obama.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Report: Majority of Congress with no education in business  —  Almost 80 percent of lawmakers have no academic background in business or economics, even as Congress grapples with deficits, unemployment and other economic issues of tremendous complexity, according to an independent analysis released Tuesday.
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Study: 8 in 10 lawmakers lack education in economics
Des Moines Register:
Steffen Schmidt: Some Dems think the unthinkable: Not Obama  —  I recently had drinks with respected senior Democrats in New Hampshire.  They were Barack Obama supporters in 2008 and now have serious buyer's remorse.  —  They were alarmed at the lack of leadership, which they feel Obama showed …
Discussion: Power Line and Don Surber
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Another Democrat Wouldn't Do Better Than Obama in 2012
Discussion: The New Republic and Sky Dancing
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Guy Benson  —  BREAKING: Obama Administratrion Clarifies Biden Remarks, “Strongly Opposes” China's One-Child Policy  —  As I mentioned in my previous post, I contacted the White House this afternoon for an explanation of Vice President Biden's stunning remarks regarding China's odious one-child policy.
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John Stevens / Daily Mail:
Michelle Obama shows up her husband in tiny purple bike shorts as the President lags behind in jeans  —  Michelle Obama showed off her enviably toned thighs as she powered past the President in tiny purple cycling shorts on the first family's bike ride on Martha's Vineyard today.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Washington Monument cracked in quake  —  The earthquake didn't cause widespread damages or injuries, but it did put a crack in the Washington Monument.  —  After unconfirmed reports suggested the monument was tilting, parks officials said Tuesday night that the 550-foot obelisk suffered …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Above All Else, Eastern Quake Rattles Nerves  —  Of all the things there are to worry about, earthquakes are fairly low on the list for those on the East Coast.  So it was startling, just as the lunch hour was ending Tuesday and workers in a broad area of North America were settling back into their cubicles …
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Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Did So Many People Feel a 5.9 Earthquake in Richmond, Virginia?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
D.C. earthquake: Powerful tremor shakes region
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Rick Perry: The God-Fearing, Know-Nothing, Pistol-Packing Embodiment of Liberals' Worst Nightmares  —  What Rick Perry has achieved in his inaugural strut on the political stage is unprecedented in the annals of modern conservative history from Barry Goldwater to Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
BBC:
Defiant Gaddafi ‘vows to fight’  —  The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tripoli: “The city erupted in gunfire”  —  Col Muammar Gaddafi has vowed death or victory in the fight against “aggression”, reports say, after Libyan rebels seized his Tripoli compound.
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
How to make Sarah Palin disappear  —  The safe bet remains that Sarah Palin is simply engaged in a long and tiresome tease.  Every few weeks comes some new sign of her supposedly imminent entry into the GOP presidential race, but nothing ever seems to happen.
Scott Wong / Reuters:
Marco Rubio courts establishment Republicans  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — It might look like tea party hero Marco Rubio waded into enemy territory with stops in San Francisco and Beverly Hills this week.  But rubbing shoulders with a different crowd is the point of the freshman senator's three-day swing through the Golden State.
Discussion: The Note, CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
1 quake, and 2 missed golf shots  —  OAK BLUFFS, Mass. - President Obama gave the media a rare glimpse Tuesday into his treasured golf game, taking the unusual step of inviting reporters to watch him putt on a public course here.  —  The visual of a shirt-sleeved president …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Lawrence Wright / New Yorker:
A DIFFERENT KIND OF TEXAN  —  In December, 2000, shortly after the Supreme Court finally ruled on the disputed Presidential election, the mood at the Christmas party in the Texas Governor's Mansion, in Austin, was a mixture of elation and disbelief.  President-elect George W. Bush …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Althouse
Daily Mail:
Money doesn't grow on trees: Federal grant of $500,000 to boost Nevada economy by planting trees creates 1.72 jobs  —  A federal stimulus grant of nearly $500,000 to grow trees and stimulate the economy in Nevada yielded just 1.72 jobs, according to government statistics.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dr. Milton R. Wolf / Washington Times:
Energy Obamanomics: No green jobs and plenty of red ink  —  It's time to end all forms of corporate welfare  —  It wasn't enough to preside over the first-ever downgrade of America's credit rating.  Now the Obama administration is downgrading America's energy supply as well.
Nathan Koppel / Law Blog:
KBR Requests That Losing Rape Claimant Pay Company's Legal Fees  —  The skirmishing has not yet subsided in the high-profile suit brought by Jamie Leigh Jones, the Houston woman who claimed that she was raped while working in Iraq for defense contractor KBR.
Campaign 2012:
Top politically themed earthquake tweets  —  After Washington DC realized that the earthquake was nothing to worry about, they took to Twitter to joke about the cause.  Some of the best ones below:  —  @TPCarney: Krugman says it wasn't big enough.  —  @comradescott: Evidently the quake occurred …
Discussion: Wizbang and The Business Insider
 
 
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Focusing on Security Over Ordinary Crime
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Tax Break for Clergy Questioned
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